He died from a rare cardiovascular disease when Li was fourteen.
Her mother didn't tell Li Na that her father had died for many weeks, thinking it would affect her game.
Li was denied the title by Czech qualifier Lucie Šafářová, who prevailed in a close three-set match.
At Rabat in May, Li reached the semifinal stage, but further success ultimately proved elusive for her.
; born 26 February 1982) is a retired Chinese professional tennis player, who achieved a career-high WTA-ranking of world No. Over the course of her career, Li won seven WTA singles titles and two Grand Slam singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open.
Li's rise to prominence came after those victories, which made her the first and only Grand Slam singles champion from East Asia and Asia as a whole.
There, she defeated Antonella Serra Zanetti, Marta Domachowska, and Nicole Pratt before losing in the deciding-set tie-break after a very close second-round main-draw tussle against newly crowned US Open Champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, during which she held match points against Kuznetsova.
The Russian afterwards praised her Chinese opponent, stating that she had felt as though she was up against a top-5 player.
She also won all of her first seven ITF doubles tournaments she entered.That year, she also won seven more ITF doubles events, 6 of them with Li Ting. She won two further ,000 ITF singles tournaments, defeating Roberta Vinci in the final at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Liu Nannan in the final at Guangzhou in July, but then played only one further match for the rest of the year, leading her ranking to fall to no. She won her 15th career ITF doubles tournament at Hangzhou in March.In 2002, she came through qualifying to win her first ,000 singles tournament at Midland, USA in February, defeating Laura Granville, Tatiana Perebiynis, and Mashona Washington en route to the title, the 14th of her career.Li retired from professional tennis on 19 September 2014.her father, Li Shengpeng (李盛鵬), was a professional badminton player and later worked as a sales rep for an Wuhan-based company.